Used my Atlas EQ-G mount and SkyFi serial/usb adapter with SkySafari 6 Pro last night for the first time. It was a fumbling failure due to inexperience. The software misalignment was because of a poor NCS alignment. Polaris is obstructed from view at my observation site (my yard).
I frequently get disconnected from the scope in the software "Lost Connection" or something to that affect.Could this be because 1) The iPad at times will lose wifi router connection, and/or 2) because I shut the iPad off to reserve battery life during the long observing session. When I check for wifi connection under iPad "Settings" it displays "No Connection". I think I am working close to the limits of router range. I'll need to figure out a solution to this.
3) Does the software drain less iPad battery when in "night" mode?
4) Once connected to the scope (in the software) will SkySafari stay opened (displayed) and bypass the iPad's auto shut off for inactivity? And if the iPad does shut off (screen goes dark) automatically (as in not pushing the off/on button on the iPad), will this cause the software to disconnect?
5) In this session, the alignment was so far off when I selected goto Saturn, the scope actually went to the vicinity of Mars. I used the direction arrows in the software to manually target Saturn. Is there a way to re-align the corrected destination of Saturn in the software? I tried "Align" but got the error " target too far from..." or something to that affect.
Once I get Saturn in view using the direction keys in the software, and using a high magnification EP (5mm), Saturn does remain FOV much longer (approx 5 min) than without a motorized mount, most likely from a bad alignment. I used Align Pro's Polaris alignment for daytime solar viewing for a rough alignment. I followed their instructions and made a non-metallic iPad holder connected to the mount saddle to avoid magnetic interference. And, standing back far enough from the obstruction to see Polaris and the scope, it did appear very closely aimed at Polaris, but I'm guessing close is not close enough! But this is another thread perhaps somewhere else!
If it matters, I am using power adapters (not battery power) for the mount and SkyFi. The scope is a 120mm refractor.
Thanks for any help with all these unknowns!